2019 Borough Council Candidates
Labour Candidates for Gravesham Borough Council 2019 Elections
Cllr Gurdip Bungar
Gurdip has lived in Gravesend with his wife for over 55 years. He has served the residents of Central Ward since 2011 and in 2014 he was the Deputy Mayor of Gravesham. He has ran his local driving school business for over 30 years. He is actively involved in the community and has served as President, Treasurer and General Secretary of the Gurdwara.
Emma is a local mum of 3 young children. Prior to working as a teacher in a Gravesham school she worked in Local Government finance for 15 years. She is heavily involved in local community projects and is a Home Start volunteer working with families in the local area.
Cllr Steve Thompson
Steve has lived in Central Ward for 14 years. He has been Central Ward Councillor since 2015 serving on the Planning and Regeneration Cabinet, Licensing and Crime & Disorder Scrutiny Committees. He is the South East Area Manager for a large national charity working to combat loneliness and isolation amongst older people.
Jean Christie has been a long standing Councillor and is a Freeman of the Borough as well as being involved in many local charities including the Citizens Advice Bureau over the years.
Cllr Shane Mochrie-Cox
Shane is a local resident in the ward with his wife and two young children. As a local resident of the ward he knows that the issues you experience and matter to you are important, because they matter to him and his family. Shane is currently a youth worker and helps young people get the best start in life and to get involved in their communities. He joined the Labour Party to ensure that local people are heard and involved in decisions that affect them. Shane was honoured to have been elected to serve the residents of Coldharbour and hopes that via his website (www.shanemochrie-cox.org.uk), newsletter and social media Shane has kept in touch with local residents. Shane is also a member of the Cooperative Party. @shanemochriecox
Christina has worked on campaigns to improve the lives of people who live in Gravesham and is a trustee for a local charity focused on delivering services for older people. She strongly believes in social justice and has worked in the charity sector for over a decade. She is currently Head of Communications for a national charity providing bereavement support and baby safety advice to parents. Christina wants to use her extensive skills and experience to ensure the residents of Coldharbour receive the support and local services they deserve.
Allie is passionate about social justice and ensuring that society takes care of those that need it most.
Jenny lives in the ward and has worked in the community on many local issues that matter to local residents.
Doug lives in the ward as a local resident and is committed to protecting the character of the area and maintaining our great countryside. In addition Doug will work to improve our rural services. Its not acceptable that there are insufficient school places for local children and that GP’s are struggling to cope. Affordable housing is also crucial to ensure people are able to live in the area and remain close to their families. Doug believes in being a strong local voice with a positive vision for the area in key to ensuring that as your representative he gets the best deal for local residents in the Civic Centre.
Mary is a long-standing community activist and volunteers regularly and has been involved in several community groups and projects.
Meopham South and Vigo
Kevin lives in the ward and is passionate about ensuring that services in the ward are maintained and this includes bus travel.
Mary is a long-standing community activist and volunteers regularly
Cllr Peter Scollard
Peter Scollard is a community campaigner and current Gravesham Borough Councillor where he has championed many local causes in recent years, including: cleaning up Northfleet and supporting local residents get the service they deserve.
Gurbax is a passionate local activist who wishes to help make his community in Northfleet North a place to be proud of. Gurbax and his family have lived in Northfleet for many years and he wants to be a part of shaping a better Northfleet for his family and every Northfleet family.
Cllr Lauren Sullivan
Lauren lives in Northfleet with her husband and two young children and has been proud to serve the residents of Northfleet as a Borough Councillor for the past three years. She is a Labour Kent County Councillor for Northfleet and Gravesham West. Lauren also works part time as a research scientist in London.
Cllr John Burden
John is your local councillor and previously was the Council Leader, his background as a Chartered Surveyor has helped resolve some of the council’s problems of the last eight years. John believes that local people should be put first, we must resist outside influences wanting to build on our green areas, allow local councillors to put you first.
Elizabeth lives in Gravesham and is married with two teenage children who have both attended local schools. Elizabeth has worked as a teacher for many years, as well as a school governor, helping young people get the best start in life and to get them involved in their local communities.
Cllr Narinder Thandi
Narinder is married with two grown up daughters and three granddaughters. He has lived in Northfleet for 36 years. Before his retirement, Narinder worked as a Team Leader in the Youth Justice System for 13 years, reforming the lives of young offenders. Prior to this, he worked for the Post Office for 24 years. He is proud of the fact that his grandfather and father served in the British Army in the First and Second World Wars respectively. Narinder has been a Northfleet Counsellor for 21 years and was also the Mayor of Gravesham in 2002-2003. He supports local voluntary organisations and works hard to improve community safety and local facilities. If re-elected, Narinder will continue to work tirelessly, being the voice of local people and making sure they receive the public services they need.
A Councillor at Gravesham Borough Council for 8 years, serving the Borough on numerous committees and born and brought up on Pepperhill for most of his life. Rob has lived and worked abroad, in Australia and has worked in the city of London, primarily in the media evaluation sector. Rob currently works in Employment Support and has worked closely with the homeless suffering exclusion from employment through mental health and social issues.
Nirmal has lived in Painters Ash ward with my now graduated daughters and teaching assistant wife for the last twenty years. Working as a local taxi driver he have developed an understanding of the issues that face the diverse demographic of our local community. As your councillor he can assure you that he will work hard to raise your issues at the council chamber.
Baljit Singh Hayre
I have lived in the Pelham Ward for over 50 years, I was delighted to be selected to stand as a Labour Councillor for the 2019 Council Elections. If selected, l look forward to working closely with my fellow Councillors to serve the residents of Pelham Ward to the best of my ability. In particular, tackling issues of homelessness and crime in our town centre
Cllr Brian Balbir Singh Sangha
A physicist by profession, I have lived in Gravesend for over 50 years and am passionate about the town, its people and its potential. Having worked in local government most of my life, I believe we can do so much more to build pride in the area and deliver what local people want.
Cllr Jenny Wallace
At a By Election in August 2016, Pelham residents elected me to represent them on Gravesham Borough Council. I enjoy my work as a councillor for Pelham Ward, aiming to respond to all residents’ issues raised with me doing my best to find solutions as one of your three Borough Councillors. I am committed to fairness and justice, especially on housing issues.
Cllr Lee Croxton
Lee is proud to have represented Riverside Ward since 1995, he has retired after teaching at a local school for 42 years but remains committed to helping younger residents fulfil their full potential in life. Lee has served as Deputy Leader of the Labour Group and has taken a keen interest in the Borough’s planning and environmental issues. At present lee is looking to support the local community with advice and active encouragement in what remains increasingly difficult times for local people.
Cllr Lyn Milner
Lyn is proud to have represent Riverside Ward for over 25 years and has lived in Gravesham all of her life, as a local resident Lyn has been an active supporter of all local issues.
Lyn always takes a keen interest in planning issues within Riverside Ward, Housing and Fly-tipping along with local Bus services that effect residents lives every-day. Lyn is very active in Riverside Ward. Lyn has lobbied Parliament on behalf of Council Tenants Rights. Lyn also is a member of the Co-operative Party
Cllr Lenny Rolles
Lenny is currently a councillor for the Riverside ward and has served the residents of Gravesham as a councillor for the past six years. He currently works as a campaigner in higher education and previously for a national animal welfare charity. Lenny uses this experience to ensure the residents of Riverside receive the best possible support with the challenges they face. He is currently Chair of the Finance and Audit Committee at Gravesham Council and Shadow Cabinet Member for Environmental Services, challenging the the Conservatives in Gravesham to deliver better waste and street cleaning services for the local community
Paul is an active trade unionist and works to protect the rights of work colleagues and ensure that they are represented which would help in his role as a community champion.
Shorne, Cobham and Luddesdown
Caroline has been a Borough Councillor in the past and teaches supporting people to achieve qualifications in the trade union movement.
Cllr Brian Francis
Brian is Married, Retired with a Grown up Son and Daughter.
Lived in Gravesend for 16years. Presently serving Second Term as Borough Councillor for Singlewell Ward. Any problems always try to see people personally. In the future we will have to scrutinize urban developments in case of environmental issues caused by them. We don’t want to have to say in hindsight, we should have done that.
Sarah has lived in Gravesham since she was 16. Sarah has two adult daughters and she works locally as a community worker supporting families. Sarah am committed to improving the lives of families and young people in the area. Sarah’s priorities for the area are housing and community facilities and she passionately believes in equal opportunities for all. You can follow Sarah on Twitter @sarahrgow
Cllr Peter Rayner
I have lived in Singlewell Ward for over 50 years having previously represented the Ward on Gravesham Borough Council. I am a retired Merchant Navy Officer. Being a ‘Senior Citizen’ myself I am well able to represent all members of the community including my fellow ‘Seniors’.
Cllr Colin Caller
Colin has lived in Westcourt Ward all his life. Colin is seriously concerned about the impact that the continuing Conservative austerity programme is having on both national and local services. Government cuts mean residents are being forced to pay more in council tax while services get worse.
Cllr John Caller
John has lived in Gravesend all his life and is proud to represent Westcourt Ward where he was born. Your Westcourt team have spent 4 years fighting the Conservative cuts. “We need to take control of the Council and make Westcourt a place to be proud of again” he says.
A retired teacher, Ruth is used to listening to people of all ages with a variety of opinions. Ruth lives in Westcourt Ward and recognise concerns over preserving urban open spaces and the broader expanses of greenbelt that fringe the ward, whilst needing to develop the infrastructure of the borough as a whole.
Baljinder Singh Rana (Tony) has lived in Whitehill ward for the last 5 years. Working for local construction firm. He is actively involved in the community and serves as a trustee for local adult disabled charity and Citzens Advice Bureau
Living in the area and meeting residents everyday means he understands the needs of the community. People tell me how disappointed they are about traffic levels and state of our streets. If you elect me, I promise to make this my top priority. Together, let’s build pride in Whitehill
Gurvinder Singh Saluja
Gurvinder is very active in his local community and is involved in the Sikh community helping others.